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My Voice Is

My voice is a thing it took me a long time to find. I could not speak until Creativity found me, I found Creativity, and it became my vocal cords.

Sage Hardiman
Pennsylvania

My Voice stands for

Love ….. What is love ? We say we know it And feel it. I don’t think I’ve felt it … Maybe caring… but is that love? What do you feel when you think of love? Emotive as I may be, Auspicious it all seems … So delirious … Driven mad by querying… What is love? I search for an answer, A foundation built on health, plans And good manner… What is love? They say love without sacrifice, isn’t love at all. I don’t think we know love, But that’s a fact to me.. And no one else….

Alyja G.
Buffalo, NY

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Consider this … A path that resembles fiction … Yellow brick road … Emerald skyscrapers glisten … The kingdom gathers on an arc … The infamous drowned … Ships of peace float above all That we’ve ever known … What lurks in depths Defeated by the organs in the chest …. The heart seems to be the most important … Lungs matter… What matters … To all of them, To all of me My rhyme schemes seem incomplete … Memories gallop to the beat, Of a murmur …. To have hope post-exposure, Is like a dope fein saying they’ll get sober Happily a different breed Striving to be an Ivy League … In structures that weren’t built for me… I bleed greens … Rhythm and blues surrounding… Trees How do they feel? We see them? Do they see us ? Yeah, I’m existential … Dust and leaves uplift … I’m swirled into a world of trust … Because I trust them Yet they don’t trust me … We fail them and expect minimalists to succeed us …. Why? Where did it go wrong? We can play in oceans And sing campfire songs … But what does that do ? Their aura is longing for Something that we took long ago Give and take… Everyone wants to be hopeful … But we take … Autumn comes back …. Warmer than years before …. I don’t think they’ll forgive us …. We sit in desire and temptation … Conspire with organizations …. Making attempts towards salvation …. But what about them … Label everything for our own patience … Scared of labellessly living … These realizations are burnt … Ashes to ashes … Will we ever learn ? When all we do is take .. Treehuggers had a point … Radical yet more sane.. Give and take .. Lust not love … Give and take … Everything is on us.

Alyja G.
Buffalo, NY

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I Want

the power tripping to stop

Joanne Feenstra
Slocan, BC Canada

I Want

The quiet thing in the buried in the Burrell

Kenyatta
Twinsburg, Ohio

My Voice

Streams

Hannah
Bentonville, AR

My Voice stands for

Peace, Justice, and love for people

Raina and Erin
Pittsburgh

My Voice Is

the low murmur of wind or maybe the unending white noise of a brook. Small, but there.

Cece
Boonton

I Want

the birds to sing prayers. For them to answered by the wind.

Nicole Markert
Philadelphia

My Voice

Whispers

Nick
England

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for all the children lost to time. For all the hearts that ceased to beat Once the tyrant came swooping down. My voice stands for young and old, Torn apart by Caesar. For they were taken far too soon, And we will ever miss them.

Heather R. Sutherin
Petersburg, OH

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Give the eggs heavy with red dye/ etched with ornate houses and woods/ give fields of sunflowers waving gently to their neighbors/ take the boots and fill them / with dirt and chicken feed that we might sit together simply in peace

Shari

My Voice

Pandemonium. My voice doesn’t retreat though it is quiet at first. It notices and names - unfair, not nice, too narrow there. Then reaches a calm yet more elevated level…redirecting, beyond the purely personal to the purposeful positive. I practice peace.

El
Plainsboro

Repetition

My voice is sometimes shadow but filled with light, light, light…

Adrienne S. Wallner
Hazelhurst, WI

My Voice Is

My voice is a steadfast current weaving through the ocean

Someone

My Voice Is

My voice is my voice

Wer

Give & Take

My father was a guardsman in Ohio. When He died he gave me his lifetime Of grief and guilt. Reader: Take my own grief, my own Confession. When my father died he said: ‘I’m sorry’. I answered ‘You should be.’

Andy Smart
St Louis, Mo

I Want

I want the right whales to survive long after the fishermen have died

kali
Usa

Give & Take

Take back once happy memories tainted by sour secrets and give sickeningly sweet smiles to those without crow’s feet.

Sidney
Maryland

Give & Take

Take away my worn suitcase and mend its long-suffering seams, give me my homeland, years after exile, green and anew, free.

AliBi
Taipei

Give & Take

Take back the shells and bombs on civilian cities and give us happy sunshine on our necks

Marlene Miller
West Grove, PA

Give & Take

Take this trembling hand, this cracked sorrow, these endless tears Take this rage and villainous violence unbounded Take this hate, this hopelessness, this horror Take this, the cruelest inclination of humankind Take this war Give us back love Our mothers, our brothers Give us healing from this loss Give us back our childhoods Give us vision in times of ignorance Understanding, we trade for this neglect Let us light a match to break this darkness Every spark starts with sacrifice This world has taken mine Oh, heavens, hear this cry Isn’t it time? Tell me it’s time. Give us some joy Give us some peace Give us back a sunrise to end this vile night

sensitiv&aphiliated
Philly

My Voice Is

like a flower.

Alice
Accra

Repetition

My voice is my life, my life, my life.

Efua Bondziwa
Accra, Ghana West Africa

I Want

I want the turtles to lay their eggs and rest. I want the calm of the waters to teach us to be still to be okay with less

Esther Kim
Port Washington, NY

My Voice Is

a brick in the wall. Sturdy and rough to the touch

Abbey
Jamestown

My Voice Is

My voice is that of all the lovers of Peace in the world! We are the largest orchestra in

Ada Aharoni
Haifa, Israel

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for dreams - priceless. Wake up and watch the sun rise above. Soul, open your eyes and surf in the wind. Don't make a refuge from disillusionment, For nothing do not unwind in a deluge. Believe in those dreams whose plans you did set. Don't give up on your perfect world. Never give up on going your way. Believe that on every corner you will find your breath. Close your eyes and surrender your soul to the voice, And dream that nobody can take from you what you decide.

Shreesham Pandey
India

My Voice Is

a barren desert

Heather
USA

Repetition

My voice is echoing echoing echoing

Cynthia Robertson
Port Townsend, WA

My Voice Is

My voice is an open door. You are welcome here.

Richard Beardsley
Gainesville Florida, USA

My Voice Is

My voice is quiet. You can see it in my eyes or feel it in the touch of my hand.

Barb Kerkhoff
Gainesville FL

My Voice Is

a single leaf, that is both the season and the change itself, a force of nature expected but never prepared for

Sylvia Clark
Kent, Ohio

My Voice stands for

for my human brethren that have yet to find theirs. For my siblings still in their closets And those still forced to live in fear. I will use my voice to stand for you.

Jacob Dudley
Rootstown, OH

My Voice

My voice was left behind in the stone walls of Washington National Cathedral joining the voices of Oberlin students and faculty singing Mozart's Requiem on May 10, 1970 in response to the deaths at Kent State, Cambodia, Viet Nam, and all unwanted wars.

Nancy Bick Clark
Newport, KY

I Want

I want the voices of the Black United Students (BUS) 1969-1970 from KSU to resound globally in student leadership and resilience in that not one of them was lost on May 4th due to their sensibilities in knowing not one Black student should show for the protest; instead they all survived and stayed alive!!

Dorcus Johnson
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

My Voice Is

My voice is quiet, unassuming, a whisper reaching through the dark, yearning to be heard.

Edward Wood
Akron, OH

My Voice Is

My voice stills the wind

Ann Marie
Connecticut

My Voice Is

a product of those I surround myself with.

Adam
Youngstown

My Voice Is

My voice is a quiet shadow awakened by the sun.

Marla Weisberg
Beachwood, Ohio

Repetition

so many wars so little peace so many flags so much to learn

Chris Flynn
Clermont

My Voice Is

My voice is a wind and blue in the heart of humanity to heal your pain that bleeding, my voice is breezing peace in every innocent victim

Erkut Tokman
İstanbul, Turkey

My Voice Is

My voice is the hum of highway traffic, loud and constant

Jordan
Oberlin

My Voice stands for

My voice will serve as beacon/ for those marginalized. My voice/ will help right the wrongs created by society/ My voice does not bend, bow,/ but break for those who are lost in this pandemic./ Students, you matter./ Let my voice be the light you so desperately crave.

Anthony Matejcic
Mentor, OH

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the film crews working 20+ hours a day 7 days a week Facing abuses Physical and emotional So they can feed their families.

Peter
Cleveland

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the students who feel worthless because of a standardized test score that inaccurately measured their knowledge. You are worthy and more than a test score.

Bailey McKarns
Carrollton, OH

My Voice Is

my voice is a ray of sunshine/ using its light and warmth to cover the world/ my voice is the birds song/ offering harmony to those who care to listen/ my voice tells my story/ to teach/ to comfort/ to sing/ but my voice is not the only voice/ my voice encourages the voices of others

krista harland
north canton ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is hidden just beneath the water. / My voice is waves crashing over pointed rocks.

Madi
Pittsburgh

My Voice Is

My Voice is a quiet church mouse, hiding in the walls. My Voice is a black line on an empty white page.

Madison
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice, is our voice. A chorus in unity ~ May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Lisa Huber
Roxbury, CT

My Voice Is

My voice is a mother guarding children like a sheet spread over narcissus buds for overnight April frost.

Kerry Trautman
Findlay, OH, USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for every person who loses their love ones.

Rocio Hernandez
Milpitas California

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for every person who loses their love ones.

Rocio Hernandez
Milpitas California

I Want

I want the people fly high without any damage in this world

KARINA OROZCO
milpitas california

My Voice Is

My voice is a stream run around the world.

Dao Tran
Milpitas

My Voice Is

My voice is a mold, stretching out of the darkness

Lyudmilla
Vilnius, Lithuania

I Want

I WANT A END TO MOTHERS SUFFERING UNLESS COUNTRY TAKE CARE ABOUT THIS FACT THERE CAN BE NO PROGRESS IN COMING GENERATION

SUKARMA RANI THAREJA
AHMEDABAD,GUJRAT,INDIA

My Voice Is

My voice is barely a whisper in a universe of noise. But I shall not be silent.

William J. Anderson
Champlin, MN

My Voice stands for

every cry that has fallen to deaf ears

Tatiana
Miami, FL

My Voice Is

My voice is wind

4 th G- Old trail school

My Voice

my voice says, how much more beautifully broken can we become?

brenda sparks
coburg, oregon, usa

My Voice stands for

my voice stands for the earths existence

brenda sparks
coburg, oregon, usa

I Want

for mothers to stop crying about their childrens futures on an earth expired.

Brenda Sparks
Coburg, Oregon, USA

Give & Take

In giving of ourselves, we take from the world its shroud of pain.

Ken McAllister
Tucson, Arizona, USA

I Want

a strong mindset without fear of failure.

Yuka
Japan

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for a future, where people's dreams will not be shatterd, with the ruthless cliché: "life isn't the movies". My voice stands for that indefinite time, where everyone, despite their color, and race and gender, can raise their voices Olympus high, and live out their life freely, without shattering at the sight of crude reality.

Michelle Perera
Sri Lanka

Give & Take

Lord, take back these stereotypes that sadly our own kind made , do not let us be trapped in our own illusions, of color and race and gender, and give us back our lost peace and unity. This Garden of Eden You've handed over to us, of which we failed as a gardener, forgive our ignorant souls, and implant peace upon us again.

Michelle Perera
Sri Lanka

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the mother who weeped over the still body of the soldier boy whose gold coffin was buried with empty salute, and for the black girl who lost his father over a fight not anyone knows - for he was black. my voice stands to pity the folly crowds who exploit stereotypes and exploit the peace.

Michelle Perera
Sri Lanka

My Voice Is

My voice is a poultice for the pain you carry.

Angela Finn
Kent, Ohio

Give & Take

take back the virus of greed and give us fresh ocean wave that bring us to meet the octopus

Chihlan Lu
NY, NY

I Want

I want to live in a world filled with compassion and thoughtfulness.

Deidre
Cleveland, OH

My Voice Is

My Voice is: Time Peace Blessed America Seconds float Serene Peace around Clock Wise Whence Spring Minutes simmer Summer Hours Fall onto United States Thanksgiving communal bounty Where WE Winter HeartBeat Family Holiday Greetings.

David Lester Young
Austin, Texas

Give & Take

A declaration of mankind: give and take, no heart beats alone

Benjamin
Cleveland, Ohio

My Voice Is

A roaring riptide in an ocean of change

Austin Monigold
New Philadelphia, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for any person who feels less than

Madelynn Jessberger
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

the sunshine on the mountain, My voice is a new day, My voice is a new way, My voice is a bird in the sky, no one can take the freedom away of my voice.

Raghav Sharma
INDIA

My Voice Is

My voice is a string of pearls that never ends

RebeccaVujanov
Kent,Ohio

My Voice

My voice cries out for the weary, For those tortured by hate and destruction. My voice comforts those who long for a kind word and the appreciation they deserve. My voice advocates for those who can't speak for themselves, Even if I stand alone My voice is a sword, cutting through lies. My voice is an architect, constantly building and encouraging. I am my voice.

Grace Koch
Delaware

Give & Take

I want the purple heart I wear to go away, held my head high, a silent concert of valor, while wounded by the draw, of blood that circulated, thru shared organs, willed by that half brain. I want a harmony band, gentle soothing abundant gestures of drifting clouds

Victoria L. Buck
Athens, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the work of advocates, The sweat of laborers. The tears of lonely children. My voice stands for endangered species, The needs of our planet-home, For peace among the cultures of the globe.

Samantha Terrell
New York

Give & Take

Gather your bullets and melt them with love

Josh Hurand
Tucson, AZ

I Want

to take you in my arms, friend. Hold you so you'll never feel alone again.

January Gill O'Neil
Beverly, MA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for a more understanding future. My voice stands for a future where Muslims, blacks, Mexicans, the LGBTQ+ community, and anyone who has faced oppression can wake up feeling safe and equal. My voice stands for a world without war, a world without race, and a world where humanity cares more about others than about themselves.

Jillian Cleland
USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for a more understanding future. My voice stands for a future where Muslims, blacks, Mexicans, the LGBTQ+ community, the disabled, and anyone who has faced oppression can wake up feeling safe and equal. My voice stands for a world without war, a world without race, and a world where humanity cares more about others and than about themselves.

Jillian Cleland
USA

My Voice Is

My voice is a particle of sand, overlooked and lost in the motions

Fred
elsmere

My Voice

My voice winds up the stalk of the bright yellow sunflower seeking the sun upon me to illuminate a truth I am here now You are also here Together we can create beauty Climb the stalk reach the light blossom

Lisa Falk
Tucson, AZ

My Voice

dances on the dawn of peace.

Rebecca Shuman
Green Valley AZ

My Voice stands for

Working towards a future of no more killing and nonviolence for our fragile planet.

Thomas A. Fee
Freehold, NJ

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for true equality. Equality for those who know no support. My voice stands for the voiceless

Missy fontana
Warren Michigan usa

My Voice Is

Strength across generations to reveal clarity and sprit

Joanne Gitto
Canton ohio

My Voice stands for

the peace of the ancestors, the strength of the mothers and fathers, and the innocence of the children.

Shannon
Kildare, Ireland

Give & Take

“Take back that keen sorrow and give our baffled souls the reach to mourn no more.”

Ned Madden
San Clemente, Calif.

My Voice Is

My voice shudders to say The things that were in play In the mind of my student Who thought it was prudent To take his life away That left me in dismay My voice is his voice His voice prays for justice For a world without guns For a peace second to none

Anonymous
Anonymous

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the right to be safeguarded from harm, of all kinds

Ciara Sheehan
Ireland

My Voice Is

My voice is like a daffodil Arriving to defy the bleak and stoic sky To challenge the very soil that gave it life, that still holds its roots Slowly, it begins to unfurl each petal Until - all at once - its inner self is on display In all its brazen beauty You do not have to admire it But you cannot ignore it. It boldly raises its head to ask with the innocence of new hope: What if

Bethany English Sava
Tallmadge, OH

I Want

I want my voice to speak for those who don't know what to say

Julia Stoll
Buffalo

My Voice

My voice; release the sound, the vibration of my soul, to love, to heal, to mend our world.

Laurean Kile
Monongahela, PA

I Want

I want us all to bloom like wildflowers.

elizabeth
Ohio
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